The government of India is planning to open 50 new airports in the next 3 years for better connectivity mainly with regional areas and tier II & III cities. Along with this, it also plans to inaugurate at least 10 new airports which might become operational within a year. Such measures have been taken simply to boost aviation industry as well as regional connectivity for passengers in India.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju interacted in a press conference held in Mumbai on Monday. He added up for supporting new entrants in the air transport segment. Apparently, the heartedly welcomed light hand holders to get benefits from new airports may have wings for the ambitious project of regional connectivity. The centre is also planning to reestablish ‘ghost’ airports or those airports which have been rejected for years.
Though, re-using of rejected airports after such long time would completely depend on upon viability gap funding provided by the light hand holders. At present, the country has more than 30 non-operational airports along with almost 400 airstrips dated back to World War II era. To make it operational will compel to various factors such as capital, time-of-abolishment, mobility, and so on.
New Airports For Seamless Regional Connectivity
The regional connectivity scheme under 30 new airports took a time to come into being and assurance. Current 10 newly constructed airports in various cities will start its operations from the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017. Delay of projects may hamper the construction activity, but appropriate funding might be a great cause to speed up the work for a proportional and rational way of establishing airports in the country.
Maharashtra is the first state to sign the MOU
As of now, Maharashtra is the first and sole State to sign the memorandum of agreement for regional connectivity with the ministry of aviation. Capping the bridge between mega-cities and tier II cities passenger, aviation department has stated to settle the prices from minimal of Rs. 2,500 per person for regional airfare. Maharashtra agreeing with the proposal went ahead of signing the deal along with making non-operational airports renovate for better connectivity.
Airport Authority of India in Maharashtra will develop and renovate no-frills non-operational airports which include Solapur, Jalgaon, Akola, Nanded and Shirdi for an indicative cost of Rs. 100 crores.